Posted by Newson 04/11/2012 at 3:06 PM
Like Under the Mistletoe, Justin Bieber’s Believe is shaping up to be one giant humblebrag. The more and more we learn about the upcoming album makes it seem like further proof of the 18-year-old’s never-ending contacts list and impressive pull in the music world, based on the multitude of big-name collaborators he’s managed to secure. “You know, the whole album is just so different, there’s so many different people collaborating,” Bieber told the U.K.’s Capital FM, before revealing the biggest of big names. “It’s crazy I even wrote a song with Taylor Swift, so the whole album ranges differently.” How will the Grammy-winning and perpetually surprised 22-year-old fit in with the Usher and Big Sean collaborations we’ve been promised? ”With my music it doesn’t only stay in a box,” he explained. “Everything is so different and that’s why I’m so happy with this album. Everything doesn’t sound the same, everything’s different and [after] each song you won’t expect the next song to happen.” Still it’s not totally unexpected. Bieber and Taylor most notably collaborated live during her Speak Now tour, performing “Baby” in Los Angeles last summer, and his holiday album featured a collaboration with country group The Band Perry, which mean’s he basically an honorary Nashville resident.
To casual fans who simply know these two as kid-tested, mother-approved, a Bieber-Swift production likely falls under the Inevitable Collaboration category, similar to Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers, minus the whole dating-your-recording partner thing. (We’ve got your back, Selena!) But for those of us paying attention to the stylistic evolution of The Bieb, and his growing affinity for hip-hop, how will Taylor’s banjo-playing fit in with the “Boyfriend” sound of Believe? We’re not entirely sure we want to point this out, but what the hell: Taylor is a known hip-hop head, so what if Bieber keeps up his streak of “paying it forward” and gives Tay her first chance at rapping on a real record? Chris Brown did it for him, and history does have a tendency to repeat itself.
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